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Ramifications of a recent federal decision to deny Secret Service and Administration officials leniency when asked for visitor logs could be far and wide. The Washington Post reported today that Judge Royce C. Lamberth rejected the Administration’s argument that FOIA requests asking for White House visit logs could compromise national security and thus were not public record. Judge Lamberth also rejected the notion that revealing such logs would affect the confidentiality of policy deliberations within the White House. “Knowledge of these visitors would not disclose presidential communications or shine a light on the President’s or Vice President’s policy deliberations,” Lamberth wrote in his opinion. The visits in question are of nine conservative Christian leaders including James Dobson, Jerry Falwell and Gary Bauer.

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As reported by the Associated Press the United States Secret Service is refusing to release documents related to White House visits by the disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Abramoff has had seven known visits to the White House, six in 2001 and one in early 2004, according to the New York Times. However, the original contention of the White House and the Secret Service is that Abramoff only visited twice, according to their computerized records, in 2001 and in 2004. Follow-ups to this report by the New York Times and NBC’s Nightly News debunked this claim, soliciting the comment that those computer records admittedly “would not present a complete picture of Abramoff’s” visits. (more…)

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